Ray Ortlund on Union with Christ

Jonathan Parnell

The newest Theology Refresh features a discussion with Ray Ortlund on the doctrine of union with Christ.

As one writer explains, "Union with Christ is theological shorthand for the gospel itself — a key image that pulls together numerous motifs in the biblical witness" (J. Todd Billings, Union with Christ). It's perhaps the least likely of all doctrines to stifle in the abstract. Saturating the writings of Paul, union with Christ changes everything in how we conceive of... Continue Reading

The Joseph Trilogy (Part 3)

Jon Bloom
The Joseph Trilogy (Part 3)

(Un)Planned Detours

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps" (Proverbs 16:9). As Jesus’ earthly father discovered, this is just another way of saying that when your plans are detoured and redirected, you find out who’s really charting the course.

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Nazareth. It felt good to Joseph to be back home. The same old market and the same old merchants. The same old neighbors with the same old complaints. The same old synagogue and the same old rabbi.

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The Early Beginnings of Desiring God

Josh Etter

Char Ransom was on the search committee that brought Pastor John to Bethlehem Baptist Church in 1980. In this two-minute video, Char gives us a glimpse into those first years at Bethlehem and the beginning of our ministry here at Desiring God.

Watch the entire End-of-Year Video Update.

The Feeble Infant Came to Conquer Satan

Jonathan Parnell
The Feeble Infant Came to Conquer Satan

Jonathan Edwards:

His infinite condescension marvelously appeared in the manner of his birth. He was brought forth in a stable because there was no room for them in the inn. The inn was taken up by others, that were looked upon as persons of greater account.

The Blessed Virgin, being poor and despised, was turned or shut out. Though she was in such necessitous circumstances, yet those that counted themselves her betters would not give place to her; and therefore, in... Continue Reading

End-of-Year Video Update with Spanish Subtitles

Josh Etter

Last week we released our end-of-year mission update. Here's a version with Spanish subtitles that you might want to share with Spanish speaking friends.

As well, you can read Pastor John's letter (available only in English) where he takes a look forward into the future and what we're hoping to accomplish at Desiring God.

How Jesus Made Himself Nothing

Jonathan Parnell

K. Scott Oliphint writes,

What then does Paul mean when he says that this preincarnate Son, who was in the form of God but who took on the form of a servant “made himself nothing”?. . .

We are, says Paul, to incubate within ourselves the same mind-set that Christ himself had when he chose to come down to us. More specifically, we are told, “do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). We are not, then,... Continue Reading

Have We Over-Elevated the Family?

Jonathan Parnell

Every pastor knows the tension between caring for his family and caring for his flock. Pastor John talks about what faithfulness looks like:

Join us on January 30 to February 1 for our 2012 Conference for Pastors, "God, Manhood & Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ."

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Of Kids and Christmas

Rachel Jankovic

One of the serious responsibilities of parenthood is pulling off Christmas. If you have a little posse of kids you already know what I am talking about. Weeks and weeks of mad-dashing and shopping and wrapping and brainstorming and decorating and planning and pouring eggnog and peeling baggy oranges and unsticking candy-canes from table tops and carpets and the bottom of hot chocolate mugs. Frantically realizing that you failed to mail packages in time, or that you forgot to order in... Continue Reading

End-of-Year Video Update from John Piper

Josh Etter

From Pastor John…

Desiring God exists to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ, especially by focusing on the truth, and its implications, that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

We want to spread that truth and all of its amazingly God-exalting, practical implications everywhere in the world. So when the world passes beyond the seven billion population mark, we look at the... Continue Reading

Christmas: How Goodies Lose Their Attraction

Jonathan Parnell
Christmas: How Goodies Lose Their Attraction

Pastor John:

At the end of this age when Christ returns, the final act of purification will take place; all impurities in the hearts of God's people will be done away with.

But that promise of purity hasbegunto be fulfilled in the first coming of Christ. Hebrews 1:3says, "When [Christ] had madepurificationfor sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high." AndTitus 2:14says that Christ "gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and topurifyfor... Continue Reading